Doc Matters Virtual: October 18, 2020

D O C   M A T T E R S   V I R T U A L

Documentary Photography Reconsidered 

Bayete Ross Smith
Photo by Bayeté Ross Smith from Our Kind of People.

With Michelle Bogre and Bayeté Ross Smith
Moderated by Stephen Mayes

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Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm ET

This panel will interrogate the notion of documentary photography past, present and future with the goal of leading to an expanded expectation of the genre.  Everything is up for discussion — definitions, formats, protocols, funding, audiences, representations, truth and its cultural context.

Presented by Social Documentary Network and Digital Silver Imaging

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Michelle Bogre

Michelle BogreMichelle Bogre, the former Chair of the Photography Department and now a Professor Emerita, Parsons School of Design, is a copyright lawyer, documentary photographer and author of  four books. Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, Documentary Photography Reconsidered: Theory, History and Practice, and The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century. Her writing revolves around the intersections of memory and history and how the documentary photograph will function in the 21stcentury.  She regularly lectures about copyright and photography.


Stephen Mayes 

Stephen MayesStephen Mayes is Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust and an active board member of  Across twenty-five years he has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in the diverse areas of art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As creative director and as CEO he has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for American, Asian and European imaging companies. Stephen acted as secretary to the World Press Photo competition 2004 ~ 2012.  Often described as a “futurist” Stephen has broadcast, taught and written extensively about the ethics and practice of photography.  (photo by Christopher Michel)


Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayete Ross SmithBayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, artist, and education worker who lives in Harlem New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident, an Art For Justice Fund Fellow and a POV NY Times embedded mediamaker. 

His work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally with the Goethe Institute (Ghana), Foto Museum (Belgium), the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), and America House in (Ukraine), among others. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest and the L.A. Film Festival.  

He has also created a series of public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Amistad Center, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks Department, the Hartford YMCA, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and The California Judicial Council. His work has been published in numerous publications including Question Bridge: Black Males in America (2015), Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002), and The New York Times.

In addition to his creative work in art and media, Bayeté helped launch and continues to work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school based violence prevention organization in Brooklyn NY that partners with Kings County Hospital. He is also a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  Above photo by Mike Berlin and Karl Peterson

Documentary Matters

Documentary Matters is an initiative of the Social Documentary Network and Digital Silver Imaging to provide a place for photographers to meet with others involved with or interested in documentary photography and discuss ongoing or completed project. This is a free and open meeting for anyone interested in presenting, viewing, or discussing documentary photography.

You don't need to be a professional, expert, or established--you just need to be committed to the documentary form and committed to learning from feedback from others. And you don't need to be a photographer or presenting your work to attend. Everyone is invited to join us, look, listen, and comment. Still photography, multimedia, and video encouraged. Documentary required.